FCSB vs Rapid Vienna
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Arena Nationala, Bucharest.
Rapid Vienna gained a two-goal cushion from a very nervous and quite controversial first leg with Romanian giants FCSB seven days ago at Allianz Stadion. The team led by Goran Djuricin is thus just 90 minutes away from returning the Europa League group phase to the Austrian capital after two years.
Christoph Knasmullner, who completed a hat-trick in a huge 4-0 victory over Slovan in the previous round, was the one who opened the scoring four minutes into the game last Thursday. Mario Sonnleitner doubled Rapid’s lead at the half-hour-mark, while team’s main star Sandro Schwab notched the third goal four minutes after the break. The line goal for the Romanians came from striker Harlem Gnohere two minutes after the interval.
Nevertheless, rapid will still have to work hard to advance past the highly-motivated Romanians who are convinced they have what it takes to annul the two-goal deficit. Team’s president stated that he is 100% certain of his team’s progression past the “much weaker” opposition and a demolishing 1-4 victory over Viitorul in the weekend’s domestic league affair suggests the Austrian could be in for a very complicated 90 minutes at Arena Nationala.
FCSB vs Rapid Vienna: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head match between the two teams.
FCSB vs Rapid Vienna: Prediction
FCSB won four on the bounce in all competitions if we ignore the mentioned defeat in the first leg of their play-offs tie with Rapid. Dica can be thrilled with the form of his main striker Harlem Eddy Gnohere who scored seven goals in last six games in all competitions. The Frenchman will no doubt be a major threat to Rapid’s goal on Thursday and he is our number one suggestion for the anytime goalscorer pick on the occasion.
Rapid lost three and drew one of last four away games in the competition, a streak which includes the 2-1 loss to Slovan Bratislava in the previous round earlier this month. Based on everything written above, the 2.10 odds offered for the home win pick look to have a strong value here and are worth backing as our main betting option.
The visitors also have a strong firepower on display up front with the likes of Sandro Schwab and Christoph Knasmullner which is why we will alternatively back the Over 2.5 goals FT pick at the 1.80 odds.
FCSB vs Rapid Vienna: Bet Tips
FCSB to win @ 2.10
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80.